"The search for MEANING is the primary, intrinsic motivation of all human beings."--Dr. Alex Pattakos

MEANING University is the leading provider of courses focused on Meaning in life, work, and society. All courses are held in person because, after all, these are courses about Meaning, Humanity, and the Human Connection! Courses are offered primarily in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (Canada), and occasionally in Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA), Rethymnon, Crete (Greece), as well as in other locations around the world.

All MEANING University courses are open to the public, while customized courses for specific clients are private/closed to the public.


The Global Meaning Institute currently offers 6 MEANING University courses open to the public. Click here for the list of courses, including descriptions/objectives, eligibility, fees, dates, location, and payment.


The registration fee includes tuition, all course materials (including a MEANINGology® Test in some of the Level 200 courses), and lunch as indicated for each specific course. Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and incidental costs, which are not included in the course fee. Fees are for a specific person, in a specific course, on a specific date (no substitutions/no refunds).

Full payment for the course fee is required at the time of registration. Because space is very limited, only participants who have completed registration and payment are guaranteed a place in the course. There is no registration at the door/on the day of the course. All participants are notified by email of their acceptance into the course, along with information about the exact location and recommendations for accommodation. Once a course is full, the website will indicate that space is no longer available for that specific course on that specific date.

Fees are quoted in Canadian dollars (CAD). If needed, simply use the conversion to US dollars or other currencies offered in the Payment process.

The Payment process is as follows:

  1. Choose your desired course.
  2. Click on the Payment button beside the desired course to register and pay.
  3. You will receive an email confirming that your registration has been paid.
  4. You will receive a second email reconfirming your registration in the course, the location of the course, recommendations for accommodation, and other details (Accommodation costs are not included in the course fee.).


Most MEANING University courses open to the public are held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. The exact venue and other details are provided following registration. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a picturesque small town in southern Ontario, often referred to as the "prettiest town in Canada." As an internationally known destination, it is famous for theatre (home of the Shaw Festival), quaint historic downtown, gardens, spas, and nearby wineries. The town is located just over the U.S. border from Buffalo, New York (passport required) and approximately 90 minutes from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

For more information, contact info@globalmeaninginstitute.com.

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